34 research projects authored or co-authored by St. Louisians will be presented at the 71st ADA Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA (June 24-28). If you will be at the meetings, be sure to check out the work contributed by local research scientists and health care providers.
Missouri Medicaid Basics provides an overview and specific data on MO HealthNet. The report includes details on eligibility, key programs, delivery systems, and the financing and expenditures related to MO HealthNet. The 2011 edition has a new section that examines incentives in the federal health reform law to make changes in the Medicaid program. The report also has updated charts with regional data on MO HealthNet enrollment. View the report.
The St. Louis Diabetes Coalition is the #1 ranked site on google.com when you search “st. louis diabetes” or “diabetes st. louis”… The Yahoo and Bing! search engines return the Coalition’s website as #2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data on the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetes is on the rise. Nearly 24 million people in the US have diabetes, up 3 million from 2 years ago. The estimates, based on 2007 data, also show that 57 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. The St. Louis Diabetes Coalition summarized the scope of the pre-diabetes problem in St. Louis on one slide (download here). The CDC report also showed that to 25 percent of people with diabetes do not know they have it, the CDC said — down from 30 percent two years ago. Good news: outreach and screening seems to be working. Bad news: obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are driving up the number of new cases…. quite rapidly.
Even when they are cared for by the same doctor, black Americans who suffer from diabetes are less likely than their white counterparts to bring the illness under control, a study released Monday showed. The patients, who were all treated in eastern Massachusetts, were tested for low density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol that leads to clogged arteries; hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), which measures blood glucose control over time; and blood pressure. “White patients were more likely than black patients to reach commonly accepted benchmarks for controlled levels” of all three, the study showed. Read more in the article posted on AFP.
A few days ago the “The Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2007″ was released by the CDC, ADA and NIH. The new study shows diabetes is costing Americans $174 billion a year; meanwhile, medical expenditures of care for people with diabetes are estimated to be $116 billion with a disproportionate percentage of the costs resulting from treatment and hospitalization of people with diabetes-related complications. According to the study, this number has increased by 32 percent between 2002 and 2007. This is not staggerling news for those who are involved in medicine, public health, pharma, managed care, etc….. but what many may not realize is that costs are rising 2 times the general inflation rate which was 15.3% over the same period. (Data source: www.miseryindex.com). The growth rate in costs is aligned with the growth rate in the prevalence of diabetes which is up approximately 30% from 2002 to 2007. (Data sources: CDC with ’06 and ’07 projections by ES Armbrecht).